Meet the Staff

Clare Lechuga
Insurance and Billing Coordinator

Clare has been a part of our dental team since 1989. She is also crossed trained as a Registered Dental Assistant.
When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and her dog, Coco and new puppy Gigi! They love going to the beach and visiting vintage and rat rod car shows!

Sapphire David
Surgery Scheduling Coordinator/Front Office Staff

Sapphire has been a part of our dental team since 2014. She has been cross-trained for both surgical assisting and front office. She enjoys using both her front office and back office knowledge to better assist in patient care. 
Sapphire was born in Los Angeles but grew up in Paso Robles, California. When she is not working she enjoys charcoal and pencil drawing, listening to music, and spending time with her family.

Shreei Santana
Office Manager

Shreei has been a part of our team since 2018, and is our team ring leader!

She brings to the office a wonderful, warm atmosphere where she helps keep us all in line!

When Shreei is not in the office, you can find her at her lake house, taking in all the sunshine and wine with her family. She recently welcomed her first grandbaby in 2022!

 Liz Santamaria
Hygiene Scheduling Coordinator/Front Office Staff

Liz has been a part of our dental team since 2021, her bio is coming soon!   

Stacy Mills, B.S.D.H
Registered Dental Hygienist

Stacy has been a part of our dental hygiene team since 2018. She has been an active part of the dental field for over 13 years. She started as a dental assistant where she quickly became passionate about dentistry. This inspired her to further her education by becoming a dental hygienist, graduating with highest honors from Taft College in 2018. 

Stacy strives to ensure our patients always feel 100% informed and comfortable during their visit. To her, there’s nothing more gratifying than educating and helping patients overcome their dental fears. 

In 2011, she moved from southern California to the central coast where she enjoys hiking, running and spending time with her husband and their dog, Jacey.

Michelle Reaves, A.S.D.H
Registered Dental Hygienist/Treatment Coordinator 

Michelle has been a part of our dental team since 2014. She graduated with her bachelors in science in nutrition from Cal Poly in 2009 and continued her education in dental hygiene at Southwestern College. 

She grew up in San Diego, Ca where her mother was and continues to be a dentist and mentor. Facilitating optimal overall dental health with compassion through customized oral hygiene and education are Michelle’s main goals for her patients.
She enjoys living on the beautiful central coast with her husband and their two children. 

Hannah Kropp, R.D.H
Registered Dental Hygienist

Hannah joined our dental hygiene team in 2022, graduating with highest honors from Taft College. 

Hannah is a native of the Central Coast; her bio is coming soon!

Nita Sheppard
Front Office Staff

Nita joined our team in 2021. She loves dentistry and has over 30 years experience, although this is the first periodontal office she has worked in. It’s been an amazing learning experience for her to see how it all ties together from this side of patient care. 

Patients express gratitude for Nita’s care and compassion for them. Developing a bond of trust and helping patients are her top priorities. 
She has attended many classes related to dentistry over the years and enjoys learning more about patient care and related topics. 
Nita has the best husband and the sweetest little doggie and new energetic puppy to go home to each day. She truly appreciates seeing those smiles and wags each day when she get home! Emily Lund

Emily Lund
Dental Assistant 

Emily has been a part of our dental team since 2020. 
Emily is Dr. Areco’s main surgical assistant and loves being chairside! She enjoys making the patient feel extremely comfortable from start to finish and 

In her spare time, Emily enjoys going to the lake, hiking, and spending time with family and her amazing husband. 

She is currently in the process of finishing her degree to apply to dental hygiene school soon! 

Shirley Luce
Dental Assistant

Shirley has been a part of our office since 2020. She brings to the office many years of periodontal experience along with orthodontic and general dentistry knowledge! 

 Patients say they feel very comforted by her companionate personality!

She enjoys time with her dogs, cats and sheep and also any time spent on the treadmill, practicing yoga, riding a spin bike or a quad!

 Brianne Kleine
Hygiene Assistant

Bri has been a part of our dental team since 2022. 

This is her first dental office she has been a part of and true loves the ends and outs of the entire field of dentistry! 

In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband, Tate and daughter kylie. They love watching movies, playing video games and going to the park! 

 Yesenia Lopez
Dental Assistant

Yesenia has been a part of our dental team since 2021. 

Yesenia is currently enrolled in her pre-reqs for dental hygiene schools to full her dream of becoming a registered dental hygienist very soon!

Outside of work she loves working out at the gym, going out and trying new and exciting restaurants and enjoying the outdoors with her extraordinary boyfriend!